Yes you read this correctly a spiced capsicum martini! If you are a fan of the bloody mary and a salty margarita then this is the cocktail for you!
The capsicum is muddled with lime, tomatoes and chilli to give you a savoury ‘salad’ juice. A splash of tabasco and some sugar syrup balance everything out into a spicy sweet peppery martini. Oh and some vodka! I had a sample bottle of some smoked vodka…wozza that was amazing! If you can get smoked vodka (Aussies peeps Dan Murphy sell it – no affiliates or anything just where I have found it!) then give it a go in these. But to honest most of the time my good old bottle of stolli works perfectly!
These capsicum martinis are perfect for a cocktail party! A few nibbles and some spicy martinis, come on! That is the makings of a great party! You know I love my sweet martinis! You just have to look at Sprinkles and Sprouts’ cocktail collection to see that I make a lot of drinks that tend towards the sweet side. But I also love myself a good savoury cocktail. Start the evening with a savoury cocktail and something cheesy and I am a happy girl.
(The cheesy can be food related like my Rosemary and Pineapple Mozzarella Bites or music related. Sing it loud – Marconi plays the mamba, listen to the radio, don’t you remember, we built this city, we built this city on rock an’ roll – because nothing says cheese like a bit of Starship! Well maybe a bit of Wham! Or Tiffany! Man I love cheesy music!)
So after that crazy paragraph shall I share something else a little crazy??? These are perfect for brunch!!!! Yup get the girls together, get the brunch vibe going and crack on with a capsicum martini. I am loving it!!! Oooh and you know what this would go perfectly with. Eggs!!!! I wouldn’t go with a sweet brunch here I would go along the lines of Egg and smashed avocado or cured salmon, avocado and poached eggs. Or baked eggs!!! I love baked eggs! Must share my recipe for baked eggs with salmon fingers. It is so good and easy to cook for a crowd! But yes, get a brunch party going on!!!!
I also have a cool twists on these for halloween!!!! It involves eye balls?!?!?!!? Not the real kind!!!! Don’t panic!!! Check it out here. So with so many options and twists I will leave you with the recipe for this slightly odd but in no way inferior Spiced Capsicum Martini.
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- freshly ground black pepper
- coarse salt
- 2 limes
- 1 red capsicum
- 2 cherry tomatoes
- 1 cm sized chunk of green jalapeño chilli (more or less depending on your spice tolerance)
- ½ garlic clove
- 80 ml /1/3 cup vodka (I love to use smoked vodka)
- 1 tsp simple sugar syrup (more if you like the real sweet and salt hit. Or omit completely)
- 1 dash tabasco
- additional salt and pepper to taste.
Grind the pepper into a small dish (one that will fit the rim of your martini glass) and add in an equal amount of salt.
Cut one of the limes into quarters and run the lime around the rim of 2 martini glasses.
Dip the edges in the salt and pepper mix and set aside.
Chop the capsicum into small chunks and add it to a cocktail shaker with the cherry tomatoes, chilli pepper, juice of the remaining lime.
Muddle it with a muddler (or the end of a rolling pin) until the capsicums are soft and mushed.
Add in the half garlic clove.
Pour in the the vodka, sugar syrup, tabasco and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Add plenty of ice and shake well. By well I mean shake like a crazy drunk version of Tom Cruise in cocktail. You want to shake this for at least a minute to really break down the ice and get every last bit of flavour out of the veg.
Strain the martini into your prepared glasses.
Then put on some Starship and get your cheese going (See above 😉 )
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